September 29, 2018 / 9:54 AM / a year ago

Saudi Arabia expects $11 billion inflows from JP Morgan bond index entry

People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said it expects inflows of around $11 billion into the country’s debt as a result of the inclusion of its international bond issues in JP Morgan’s emerging markets bond indexes.

Saudi Arabia, together with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, will enter JP Morgan’s emerging market government bond indexes next year, JP Morgan announced last week.

The move is expected to attract a total of around $30 billion of new foreign investment into their debt.

The inclusion will be phased in between Jan. 31 and Sept. 30, 2019. The Saudi debt management office expects $11 billion of inflows as a result of the entry into the indexes, the Saudi ministry of finance said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia’s bonds will have a 3.1 percent weighting in the JP Morgan indexes. This “will add support to the investor base as well as improve liquidity levels for the government’s issues as well the issuances of government-owned companies,” the finance ministry said.

Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Mark Potter

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